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CHS Speech team takes second at Valparaiso Invite

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The Chesterton High School Speech team placed second at the Valparaiso High School Speech Invitational this past weekend. The combined novice/varsity tournament fell victim to the weather with three schools canceling due to the snow. Of the eight schools in attendance, there were an additional 50 dropped entries the morning of the tournament. Despite the weather issues, it turned out to be a competitive invitational.

The 125 students attending competed in four straight rounds in both divisions. CHS had six varsity champions and three novice champions. All 25 of the team’s entries placed at the tournament.

Leading the varsity squad were senior Bryn Jackson and sophomore AJ Stirling, both winning two events. Jackson was the tournament champion in broadcasting, as well as original oratory. Stirling, for the second straight weekend, won both dramatic interpretation and programmed oral interpretation (POI). Following Stirling in POI was senior Paige Donovan, placing third. This was Donovan’s first tournament competing in POI.

Other varsity champions included seniors Josh Hogan and Leaha Estes. Hogan won humorous interpretation for the second straight weekend, and Estes was the tournament champion in prose reading. Hogan and his partner, senior Logan Summers, placed second in duo interpretation.

Sophomore Anna Leady placed in two varsity events, taking second in drama and third in original oratory. Fellow sophomore Indie Loving also placed in two events, with a fifth in humor and a fourth, along with his partner sophomore Anekah Fish, in duo. Fish also placed fifth in varsity broadcasting. In addition, junior Spencer Summers was second in varsity poetry reading, and sophomore Steven Skelton placed third in original performance.

Winning in the novice division, were three freshmen. Anna Sanders won original oratory, Rebecca Mueller won informative speaking and Mei Pantuso took top honors in POI. Joining Sanders in oratory was freshman Abbey Wilcox, placing third.

A number of others placing in the novice division were freshmen. Paul Kennedy was fourth in discussion, along with Anne Pruitt who was sixth. The duo team of Anthony Evans and Tyler Gudeman finished in fifth, John Petro was sixth in broadcasting, and Anais Juliano placed seventh in impromptu. Sophomore Giselle Hood placed seventh in novice humor.

“We had a lot go well for us today, but we also have a lot to work on over the break,” said Coach Eric Schaefer. “We may travel to Fishers in January and that will be a very competitive tournament.”

Chesterton came in second (with 43 points) to the tournament champs, Culver Academies (51 points). Third place went to Bishop Noll with 33 points, fourth to Munster with 28 points, and fifth to Crown Point with 26 points.

Coaches Schaefer and Bob Kelly had help with judging duties from several parents. Joining the team were Claire Mueller, Michael Fish, Diane Zielinski, Kristin Pruitt, and Ann Moodie.


Posted 12/11/2017





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